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‘Order’ in a sentence
According to Bernard C Lamb in his book The Queen’s English, the most popular way of ordering your sentences would be subject, verb and then the remaining parts:
1. Subject – verb – and then the rest:
- Holly is pretty
- Chocolate melts in your mouth
- The train arrived late
To break the first sentence down: ‘Holly’ is the subject, ‘is’ is the verb and ‘pretty’ is the object.
To write all your sentences like the above may make your writing a little boring. To spice things up you could vary your order (example 2) or put another word or phrase before your sentence (example 3) as follows:
2. Verb – Subject – and then the rest:
- Is Holly pretty?
- Melt chocolate slowly in your mouth
3. Phrase – subject – verb – and then the rest:
- Due to delays, the train arrived late
- There’s no denying it, Holly is pretty
Should you split the subject and verb?
Whilst you can play around with the order of your sentences, it isn’t advisable to put a word or phrase between the subject and the verb. I will cover this area tomorrow.
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Bernard C. Lamb The Queen’s English (2010), UK
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